Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > History > Baji Rao the Warrior Peshwa
Displaying 2060 of 5000         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Baji Rao the Warrior Peshwa
Baji Rao the Warrior Peshwa
Description

Back of the Book

Peshwa Baji Rao, the great Maratha general and statement, changed the map of India in the mid-eighteenth century. His military campaigns were classic examples of his genius. In the mayhem of the religious intolerance continued by the tottering Mughals after Aurangzeb, Baji Rao stood out as the champion of Hinduism. He conquered Gujarat and most of central India and even shook the foundations of the Mughal Empire by attacking imperial Delhi. Though he had sworn to plant his flag on the Indus, death robbed him of this honour. His sons, however, fulfilled their father’s pledge. After driving the Afghans out of the Punjab, they raised the swallow-tailed flag not just on the walls of Attock, but even beyond.

E. Jaiwant Paul is a man of varied interests, having authored two books earlier: ‘By My Sword and Shield’ – Traditional Weapons of the Indian Warrior and Rani of Jhansi: Lakshmi Bai. A hard-core corporate, he initially worked for Hindustan Lever and was later a director of Brook Bond India for several years. Thereafter, he headed the National Mineral Water Company in Muscat. A keen cricketer and tennis player, he lives in Delhi and still serves as a Director of a few companies.

Prologue

This is the story of Peshwa Baji Rao, the great Maratha general and stateman, who in the mid-eighteenth century changed the map of India. He transformed the Maratha nation state into an empire. His military genius and policy of extending the Maratha power towards north India had far reaching and spectacular results and enabled the Marathas, within the next 25 years, to plant their bhagwa or swallow-tailed, deep orange coloured flag on the Indus.

Brave as a tiger and handsome as a god, Baji Rao was also a fascinating character. A man like him is difficult to explain in terms of heritage, training or upbringing. He was perhaps endowed with unusual yearnings of the life-force or with an unquenchable ambition and fervour that spurred him to struggle with destiny. In medieval times, conquests and victories in battles were the most charismatic of accomplishment. Born with a sword in his hand, Baji Rao became a legend while still a young man and tragically died while still in his prime.

Baji Rao had a galaxy of contemporaries both friends and adversaries, who have left their make on history. This is, therefore, necessarily also the story of the other great personages like Nizam ul Mulk, the distinguished founder of Hyderabad state; Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur, general, stateman, astronomer and town planner; Kanhoji Angre, the daredevil naval commander who made life a misery for the English and the Portuguese; Raja Chattarsal, the heroic king who carved out an independent kingdom in Bundelkhand; and this is also the story of Mastani, Chattarsal’s daughter and Baji Rao’s great love. The paths of all these remarkable and dramatic people crossed, but each one of them was overshadowed by Baji Rao’s achievements and they owe their place in history mainly in relation to him. Other players in the drama are Ranoji Scindia, Malharrao Holkar, Udaiji Pawar and Pilaji Gaikwad, distinguished generals and founders of the great states of Gwalior, Indore, Dhar and Baroda.

In this account the markers of history are not ignored; sometimes, however, the stories of these great men, whose lives intertwined, come to the fore and dominate. But then history walks into these stories and steals the scene without the thunder of a cannon or beat of a kettledrum. Occasionally, the chronological order of events has been ignored to make the storytelling better.

After the death of Aurangzeb in 1707, the fortunes of the Marathas, particularly Baji Rao, become closely linked with those of Delhi. The later Mughals, who were nearing the end of their journey, therefore, provide the historical backdrop for this pageant. Here was one of the greatest empires on earth declining slowly into hopelessness and tragedy. The reigns of the six Mughal Emperors after Aurangzeb extended to a mere 41 years. Some were imbeciles, others degenerates, and they only hastened the demise of the dynasty. The country was at the crossroads of history and at that critical juncture, Peshwa Baji Rao marched on to the stage. Over the next two decades he dominated the scene conquering Gujarat, Malwa and Bundelkhand and even leading his army to imperial Delhi, while the Mughal Empire sank into decay and decline. Though Baji Rao had sworn to plant his flag on the Indus, death robbed him of this honour. His sons, however, after driving the Afghans out of the Punjab, fulfilled their father’s pledge.

This book is about war; of battles on land and battles at sea; of the thundering peal of cannons and the hailstorms of musket shots; of brilliant-bladed talwars and razor-sharp lances; of heroism and glory and cowardice and intrigue; of places and fortresses; and even of love. But then that was Baji Rao – the Warrior Peshwa.

Back of the Book

Baji Rao also played on Shahu’s religious fervour, ‘It is time to drive from the holy land of Bharatvarsha the outcaste and the barbarian. It is the time to throw them back over the Himalayas. Back to where they came from. The Maratha flag in your reign must fly from the Krishna to the Indus. I jest not, Hindustan lies in fragments, the Emperor cannot think beyond the skirts of his concubines and his blood is sluggish with opium. The Mughal nobles and generals are men of straw and the arm is defeatist. The Rajputs, the sword arm of the Mughals, are disaffected and can be won over. This is the opportunity of the century, of two centuries. Let us not miss it. Hindustan is ours.’

 

Content

 

Prologue vii
The Mughals – Decadence and Decline 11
Nizam ul Mulk – Tiger of the Deccan 23
Rebuilding Maratha Might 35
Baji Rao Emerges 43
The Spectacular Palkhed Campaign 57
Conquest of Malwa 65
Generals to the Fore 73
Victory in Gujarat 79
Chattarsal’s Tryst with Baji Rao 87
Mesmerised by Mastani 107
Kanhoji Angre – Naval Strong Arm of the Marathas 115
Subjugation of the Portuguese 135
Brothers at Arms 149
A Strategist without Equal 155
Closing Years 167
Appendix 177
Glossary 183

Sample Pages











Baji Rao the Warrior Peshwa

Item Code:
IDL218
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2000
ISBN:
8174361294
Size:
8.8" X 5.8"
Pages:
184
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 380 gms
Price:
$25.00   Shipping Free
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Baji Rao the Warrior Peshwa

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 9888 times since 16th Jan, 2016

Back of the Book

Peshwa Baji Rao, the great Maratha general and statement, changed the map of India in the mid-eighteenth century. His military campaigns were classic examples of his genius. In the mayhem of the religious intolerance continued by the tottering Mughals after Aurangzeb, Baji Rao stood out as the champion of Hinduism. He conquered Gujarat and most of central India and even shook the foundations of the Mughal Empire by attacking imperial Delhi. Though he had sworn to plant his flag on the Indus, death robbed him of this honour. His sons, however, fulfilled their father’s pledge. After driving the Afghans out of the Punjab, they raised the swallow-tailed flag not just on the walls of Attock, but even beyond.

E. Jaiwant Paul is a man of varied interests, having authored two books earlier: ‘By My Sword and Shield’ – Traditional Weapons of the Indian Warrior and Rani of Jhansi: Lakshmi Bai. A hard-core corporate, he initially worked for Hindustan Lever and was later a director of Brook Bond India for several years. Thereafter, he headed the National Mineral Water Company in Muscat. A keen cricketer and tennis player, he lives in Delhi and still serves as a Director of a few companies.

Prologue

This is the story of Peshwa Baji Rao, the great Maratha general and stateman, who in the mid-eighteenth century changed the map of India. He transformed the Maratha nation state into an empire. His military genius and policy of extending the Maratha power towards north India had far reaching and spectacular results and enabled the Marathas, within the next 25 years, to plant their bhagwa or swallow-tailed, deep orange coloured flag on the Indus.

Brave as a tiger and handsome as a god, Baji Rao was also a fascinating character. A man like him is difficult to explain in terms of heritage, training or upbringing. He was perhaps endowed with unusual yearnings of the life-force or with an unquenchable ambition and fervour that spurred him to struggle with destiny. In medieval times, conquests and victories in battles were the most charismatic of accomplishment. Born with a sword in his hand, Baji Rao became a legend while still a young man and tragically died while still in his prime.

Baji Rao had a galaxy of contemporaries both friends and adversaries, who have left their make on history. This is, therefore, necessarily also the story of the other great personages like Nizam ul Mulk, the distinguished founder of Hyderabad state; Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur, general, stateman, astronomer and town planner; Kanhoji Angre, the daredevil naval commander who made life a misery for the English and the Portuguese; Raja Chattarsal, the heroic king who carved out an independent kingdom in Bundelkhand; and this is also the story of Mastani, Chattarsal’s daughter and Baji Rao’s great love. The paths of all these remarkable and dramatic people crossed, but each one of them was overshadowed by Baji Rao’s achievements and they owe their place in history mainly in relation to him. Other players in the drama are Ranoji Scindia, Malharrao Holkar, Udaiji Pawar and Pilaji Gaikwad, distinguished generals and founders of the great states of Gwalior, Indore, Dhar and Baroda.

In this account the markers of history are not ignored; sometimes, however, the stories of these great men, whose lives intertwined, come to the fore and dominate. But then history walks into these stories and steals the scene without the thunder of a cannon or beat of a kettledrum. Occasionally, the chronological order of events has been ignored to make the storytelling better.

After the death of Aurangzeb in 1707, the fortunes of the Marathas, particularly Baji Rao, become closely linked with those of Delhi. The later Mughals, who were nearing the end of their journey, therefore, provide the historical backdrop for this pageant. Here was one of the greatest empires on earth declining slowly into hopelessness and tragedy. The reigns of the six Mughal Emperors after Aurangzeb extended to a mere 41 years. Some were imbeciles, others degenerates, and they only hastened the demise of the dynasty. The country was at the crossroads of history and at that critical juncture, Peshwa Baji Rao marched on to the stage. Over the next two decades he dominated the scene conquering Gujarat, Malwa and Bundelkhand and even leading his army to imperial Delhi, while the Mughal Empire sank into decay and decline. Though Baji Rao had sworn to plant his flag on the Indus, death robbed him of this honour. His sons, however, after driving the Afghans out of the Punjab, fulfilled their father’s pledge.

This book is about war; of battles on land and battles at sea; of the thundering peal of cannons and the hailstorms of musket shots; of brilliant-bladed talwars and razor-sharp lances; of heroism and glory and cowardice and intrigue; of places and fortresses; and even of love. But then that was Baji Rao – the Warrior Peshwa.

Back of the Book

Baji Rao also played on Shahu’s religious fervour, ‘It is time to drive from the holy land of Bharatvarsha the outcaste and the barbarian. It is the time to throw them back over the Himalayas. Back to where they came from. The Maratha flag in your reign must fly from the Krishna to the Indus. I jest not, Hindustan lies in fragments, the Emperor cannot think beyond the skirts of his concubines and his blood is sluggish with opium. The Mughal nobles and generals are men of straw and the arm is defeatist. The Rajputs, the sword arm of the Mughals, are disaffected and can be won over. This is the opportunity of the century, of two centuries. Let us not miss it. Hindustan is ours.’

 

Content

 

Prologue vii
The Mughals – Decadence and Decline 11
Nizam ul Mulk – Tiger of the Deccan 23
Rebuilding Maratha Might 35
Baji Rao Emerges 43
The Spectacular Palkhed Campaign 57
Conquest of Malwa 65
Generals to the Fore 73
Victory in Gujarat 79
Chattarsal’s Tryst with Baji Rao 87
Mesmerised by Mastani 107
Kanhoji Angre – Naval Strong Arm of the Marathas 115
Subjugation of the Portuguese 135
Brothers at Arms 149
A Strategist without Equal 155
Closing Years 167
Appendix 177
Glossary 183

Sample Pages











Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Based on your browsing history

Loading... Please wait

Related Items

Eighteenth Century Deccan: Cultural History of the Peshwas
Item Code: NAC942
$70.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Modern India (1707-1813)
by J.L.Mehta
Hardcover (Edition: 2005)
New Dawn Press
Item Code: NAD337
$50.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Adventures of a Brahmin Priest (My Travels in The 1857 Rebellion)
by Vishnubhat Godse
Paperback (Edition: 2015)
Oxford University Press
Item Code: NAL605
$30.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Fall of the Mughal Empire (Set of 4 Volumes)
by Jadunath Sarkar
Paperback (Edition: 2013)
Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd
Item Code: NAI144
$115.00
SOLD
The Penguin 1857 Reader
by Pramod K. Nayar
Paperback (Edition: 2007)
Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAF247
$23.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Jyotiba Phule (A Modern Indian Philosopher)
by Archana Malik-Goure
Paperback (Edition: 2013)
Suryodaya Books
Item Code: NAF080
$20.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Records of the Sringeri Dharmasamsthana
by Dr. A.K. Shastry
Hardcover (Edition: 2009)
Sringeri Matha
Item Code: NAC252
$40.00
SOLD

Testimonials

Keep up the good work.
Harihar, Canada
I have bought Ganesh Bell in past and every visitors at my home has appreciated very much. You have quality product and good service. Keep it up with good business. This time I am buying Ganesh-Laxmi bells.
Kanu, USA
I am a long-time customer of Exotic India for gifts for me and friends and family. We are never disappointed. Your jewelry craftspeople are very skilled artists. You must treasure them. And we always look forward to the beautifully decorated boxes you use to ship your jewelry.
Diane, USA
I have always enjoyed browsing through the website. I was recently in south India, and was amazed to note that the bronze statues made in Kumbakonam and Thanjavur had similar pricing as Exotic India.
Heramba, USA
Thank you very much for your services. I ordered a Dhanvantari Deity from this site and it came quickly and in good condition. Now Sri Dhanvantari ji is worshipped regularly before seeing each client and in the offering of our medicinal products. Thanks again.
Max, USA
Thank you for shipping my 2 Books! Absolutli a great job in this short time, 3 working days from India to Switzerland it`s fantastic!!! You have won some new clients!
Ruedi, Switzerland
I am overwhelmed with the amount of hard-to-find Hindu scriptural texts that I have been able to locate on the Exotic India website as well as other authentic cultural items from India. I am impressed with your fast and reliable shipping methods.
Lee Scott, USA
Your service is excellent.
Shambhu, USA
Exotic India has the best selection of Hindu/Buddhist statues at the best prices and best shipping that I know of.I have bought many statues from them.I am thankful for their online presence.
Michael, USA
Thanks for sharpening our skills with wisdom and sense of humor.The torchbearers of the ancient deity religion are spread around the world and the books of wisdom from India bridges the gap between east and west.
Kaushiki, USA
TRUSTe
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2018 © Exotic India